Global warming is a serious issue. We are the sole cause of it. Yet, no one seems to be perturbed by it. But, there are some environment-conscious people in the planet trying to rectify the problem they created in the first place.
Meet Priyesh KV, the 30-year-old fisherman from the Chombala Harbour in Kozhikode district of Kerala who took it upon himself to clean his surroundings. After having read about how humans have been dumping plastic waste into the seas, killing and disturbing the aquatic ecosystem, Priyesh knew he had to do something about it. Ever since he was 14 years old, Priyesh has been going to the sea to catch fishes. Very recently, with every catch, a ton of plastic wastes would get caught in his fishing net, which disturbed him.
In an interview with The Better India, he shared, “The sea is my home. How would you feel if everyone is trashing your home and there is so much garbage that you can’t breathe? That is perhaps how the creatures in the ocean feel.” He further added, “While most people think that the waste can be found largely along the shores, the reality is that one can find it in the deeper parts of the ocean as well. It’s not just tourists or passengers cruising on ferries; even fishermen are guilty of throwing plastic bottles that they carry with them to the sea.”
That’s when he decided to do his own clean-up of the sea every time he went fishing. In the past two months, he has collected around 3.5 tones of plastic waste. But, he wanted to do more. He wanted to create more awareness. He showed pictures of the plastic waste caught on his fishing net to the Panchayat, who were quite shocked at the sight of it. The Panchayat decided to lend their support by shredding the collected plastic and recycling it. The Panchayat has also sent out a warning asking people not to throw plastic waste, and if caught, they will have to pay a heavy price. They also organised a drive to help Priyesh collect plastic waste from the nearby water bodies.
Priyesh’s efforts does not end here. The father of two is now preparing for his 10th board exam only to learn more about how he can save the planet. He wants to get educated before he goes door-to-door to create awareness about marine pollution. If one person can make a difference, imagine the impact a crowd can create.